Eds. note: This article currently covers 120+ restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Last update: Jan. 2021.
If you’re like us, preparing three meals a day gets pretty old by Friday, so every weekend we support local restaurants in Queens via takeout or delivery. For us it also injects a bit of normalcy into our week—Friday night has always been delivery night; Saturdays are for takeout. More than that, it brings into our home a taste of the Jackson Heights we know and love, and miss so dearly during these months of pandemic. Via takeout, we can still support local restaurants and try different dishes that go a long way toward breaking up the weekly routine.
Please remember that calling eateries directly (before ordering from a third-party app) should always be your first course of action—it means the restaurant won’t lose any of the profit from your meal—and they will advise if the third party is needed to cover the distance. Takeout is best from a worker-safety standpoint, and please remember to tip even if you’re picking food up. If you’re unable to do that, tip your delivery person extra generously!
A note about outdoor dining: Where possible, we’ve added where outdoor dining is available. We also note where the so-called outdoor dining structures seem far too enclosed and unventilated. Please use your best judgment.Where to Get Takeout in Queens Right Now (120+ Restaurants in Jackson Heights + Elmhurst) Click To Tweet
Let us know in the comments which of your favorite restaurants we’re forgetting here. We have 120-plus eateries on this list, organized by cuisine, but it’s by no means comprehensive. We’re not trying to cover everything, but we do want to help you easily find your favorite spots and inspire you to try some new dishes and restaurants!
** denotes a favorite spot of ours!
Where to Eat in Jackson Heights + Elmhurst
**Kitchen 79: We’ve long loved this Southern Thai spot for delivery of perfectly crispy pad prik khing, fiery kua kling (a dry curry with ground meat), red and green curries, deep-fried shrimp cakes, and our kids’ favorite kua gai, (nonspicy) wide rice noodles with chicken, squid, and egg, splashed with sesame oil. Takeout or delivery (you can call, or place order via Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash) is available, as is some pretty enclosed “outdoor” seating. Mon-Fri, 11:30am-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, noon-10:30pm. 37-30 79th St.
**Ayada: One of our all-time favorites in the area, this Thai spot is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub), plus has a large outdoor structure with three open doorways. It’s been out of our favorite dish, kaeng som (sour curry) with omelets, lately, but it’s always worth asking for! Otherwise we love the crispy watercress salad, the chive dumplings, the sautéed Chinese eggplant, drunken noodles, any of the curries, shrimp paste fried rice, and much more. Daily, 11am-10pm. 77-08 Woodside Ave.
**SaRanRom Thai: This new restaurant (in the old Paet Rio spot on Broadway) has quickly become a delivery favorite of ours, with terrific versions of now-familiar dishes (massaman curry, green curry, pad Thai, fish cake, papaya salad) and some interesting, delicious dishes we hadn’t tried before, like nam ya pa, vermicelli noodles in spicy anchovy sauce. Open for takeout and delivery (Seamless, Grubhub, Uber Eats), and there’s some pretty enclosed sidewalk seating. 81-10 Broadway
**Hug Esan: Try some delicious Isaan Thai specialties—like nam khao tod (crispy rice salad with sour sausage), pork rice crepes, crab omelet, so many papaya salads and larbs—between noon-9pm daily for takeout and delivery. Call 929-328-0392; order online hugesannyc.com; or use Seamless/Grubhub, Uber Eats, Caviar, Delivery.com, if you must. 77-16 Woodside Ave.
Dek Sen: Another great Thai restaurant. Try the the nam tok moo (pork blood noodle soup), yen ta fo soup, mussel pancake, crispy wonton with shrimp pad Thai, Thai “donuts” or its Insta-famous rainbow crepe cake for dessert. Open 11am-10:30pm for delivery and takeout (Seamless/Grubhub, Delivery.com, Uber Eats). 86-08 Whitney Ave.
Pata Paplean: One positive of this past year is that this funky little Thai bar now offers its incredible noodle soups daily, not just on weekends. Do not miss the nam tok and tom yum noodle soups. Just don’t! Call 718-651-2076 to order takeout or delivery (it’s also on Grubhub/Seamless, Uber Eats), or dine on-site: There are two fully outdoor tables and another “outdoor” section that’s fully enclosed and attached to the restaurant. 76-21 Woodside Ave.
**Khao Kang and Khao Nom: These two sister Thai spots—the latter specializes in desserts but also has plenty of delicious savory dishes—are open for takeout. Khao Nom has outdoor seating, but it looks very enclosed (i.e., with doors that close). 76-20 Woodside Ave.; 42-06 76th St.
**Tea Cup Cafe: The little corner eatery specializes in desserts and teas, but its savory game has stepped up in recent year. We love the Thai toasts (as do our food tour guests) but also the fiery larbs and fish tom yum and yen ta fo noodle soups. It’s open for takeout only, as well as some very enclosed “outdoor” dining. 76-23 Woodside Ave.
Boon Chu: This tiny Thai spot is likewise open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub). Lots of fish, noodles, curries, and rice dishes await! 83-18 Broadway
**Chao Thai: Long one of our favorite spots, this tiny Thai restaurant is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). The specials are always a good bet! 85-03 Whitney Ave.
Spicy Shallot: Thai food plus sushi is available for takeout or delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Delivery.com). The restaurant has lots of outdoor seating (with heaters and small plastic dividers), but with the exception of door openings, it’s largely enclosed. 77-01 Woodside Ave.
Black Thai: Another Thai option with great drunken noodles and crispy duck specialties is open for business via takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash, Delivery.com). 81-16 Northern Blvd.
Sompong Thai: Also open 11:45am-10pm every day for takeout and delivery, plus it has some (largely) enclosed outdoor seating. You can order directly through its website. 37-09 83rd St.
Arunee (from noon-9pm daily) and the new Thaan Thai, both on 37th Ave., are also open for takeout and delivery.
**Angel Indian: Among our favorite Indian restaurant, Angel remains open for takeout and delivery of its delicious spicy vegetarian (and now non-veg!) Indian food. (There is also heated, but very enclosed, outdoor seating.) Do not miss anything with the fresh paneer! The lamb chops are incredible too. Open Tues-Sun, noon-9pm; call 347-848-0097 to order. 74-14 37th Rd.
Jackson Diner: The neighborhood’s O.G. Indian restaurant is mostly northern Indian, but there are some southern dishes, and plenty of vegetarian options. Open for takeout and delivery (Seamless); daily, 11am-9pm. 37-47 74th St.
**Maharaja Sweets: Our favorite local chaat + sweets shop (which also has plenty of main dishes) is open for takeout, and the outdoor dining area is covered but airier than most in this ‘hood (a good thing!). Also, there are heaters! We love the papri chaat and aloo tikki chaat, but this place is locally beloved for its sweets for a reason too. Call 718-505-2680 to order ahead. Daily, 10am-10pm. 73-10 37th Ave.
Raja Sweets: The parathas are king at this corner eatery—don’t miss ’em (see pic below). Open for takeout only with two options for outdoor dining: your choice of three sidewalk tables or inside an enclosure with one doorway opening. Call 718-424-1850 to order. Daily, 10am-10pm. 72-31 37th Ave.
Samudra: This friendly (mostly) South Indian restaurant is open for takeout and delivery (Postmates, Uber Eats, Caviar), with a few sidewalk tables for those not-frigid days. Get your dosas, idlys, and vadas! 75-18 37th Ave.
Dosa Delight: Dosas and chaats are the thing to order at this (largely) South Indian restaurant. Order takeout or delivery via its website, or eat on-site at one of its few sidewalk tables under the awning. 35-66 73rd St.
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Delhi Heights: This corner (mostly) North Indian spot is open for takeout, delivery (order online via its website; also on Seamless), and outdoor dining in two structures (one has slats that open for ventilation, and one does not). Call 718-507-1111 directly for pickup or delivery and score 10 percent off. 37-66 74th St.
Kababish: The tiny Pakistani spot is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Uber Eats) of its delicious kebabs and kebab rolls (including its popular gola kebab), terrific naan and paratha, biryani, and more. It also has an outdoor eating area that’s far bigger than its interior, with a large opening on one side. 70-64 Broadway
Merit Kabab: Find good samosas (particularly the spicy chicken samosa!), naan, paratha, curries, pulao, biryani, kebabs, and more at this Bangladeshi-Indian spot. (A sign outside advertises frozen momos, too.) Takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash), as well as outdoor seating (some sidewalk tables; some in a near-fully enclosed structure). 37-67 74th St.
Dera Restaurant: This Pakistani spot is open for takeout or delivery through Doordash or Uber Eats; there is also a huge, almost fully enclosed “outdoor” seating structure. Try the kebabs, the samosas, the nihari, the haleem. 72-09 Broadway
**Haat Bazaar: Long a stop on our food tour, we love this Bangladeshi steam table for its vegetable shingaras (akin to samosas), veg and fish bhortas (spicy mashed dips of sorts, laced with chili and mustard oil), rice and dal, various biryanis, haleem, and more. Everything is delicious, and everything is spicy! Takeout only. 37-11 73rd St.
Dhaka Garden: The Bangladeshi restaurant is open for takeout only, and also has outdoor seating (partially enclosed, with a large open doorway entrance). We’ve always been a fan of its Mughlai paratha. 718-424-8600; 72-23 37th Ave.
Taste of Lahore: This Pakistani spot on Northern Blvd. is open for takeout and delivery (you can order online via its website). Try the haleem, the nihari, the biryani or butter chicken—lots of choices here. 73-10 Northern Blvd.
Ittadi Garden & Grill: The movie theater space turned Bangladeshi eatery on Diversity Plaza is open for takeout. Masks are required to enter. 73-07 37th Rd.
Zam Zam Grill: This new halal spot in the old Rajbhog (RIP) space is a curious mix of Bangladeshi and Middle Eastern, with fuska, chicken tikka samosas, sabich, shawarma, and tehari on the menu. Call 718-433-9951 for takeout and delivery (or use Seamless/Grubhub, if you must); it also has a partially enclosed outdoor seating structre (with a large doorway opening). 72-27 37th Ave.
Kabab King: Get your spicy kebab roll on here, but take it to go: The outdoor dining area is large, but super enclosed. 73-01 37th Rd.
Al Naimat, Abdullah Sweets, Premium Sweets, Shahi Darbar, and Khaabar Bari are open for takeout as well. Bombay Chat on Diversity Plaza is open for takeout and outdoor dining (mostly open-air, partly covered in tarp). And don’t miss Tong and Fuska House, the two trucks that come out on the corner of 37th Ave. and 73rd St. every afternoon, for delicious Bangladeshi fuska/fuchka.
**Louie’s Pizzeria: Hardworking Louie’s pitched in with feeding health care workers at Elmhurst Hospital early in the pandemic, and they’re still feeding us pizza and pasta too, via takeout and delivery. Call directly at 718-440-9346, and don’t miss the grandma pie. 81-34 Baxter Ave.
Mama Rosa’s Pizza: Our (most) local pizza shop is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). 77-09 37th Ave.
Pizza Sam: Over by 89th and Northern, this pizzeria is likewise open for takeout and delivery (order from its website or through Seamless/Grubhub). 89-06 Northern Blvd.
Gianni’s Pizza: Order through Gianni’s website to score 10% off your pickup or delivery order. (Also listed on Seamless/Grubhub, Delivery.com, etc.) 81-13 Northern Blvd.
Due Fratelli: The pizza here has greatly improved in recent years. I’ve heard good things about the gluten-free personal-size cauliflower pies too. Takeout and delivery. 76-23 37th Ave.
Pizza Boy and Elmhurst Famous Pizza are also open for takeout and delivery.
Riko Peruvian: Pollo a la brasa with all the fixins, plus good chaufa (Peruvian-style fried rice), lomo saltado, quinoa soup, and more. Takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash) is available, as are some outdoor “bubble” tables. 78-14 Roosevelt Ave.
**La Nueva Bakery: Our favorite after-school Uruguayan-Colombian bakery is open 7am-8pm for takeout. We love the baked empanadas, the pan de bono, the giant alfajores, the tortilla, the ricotta torta. So good. 86-10 37th Ave.
**Antojitos Doña Fela: At a time when few street vendors were open, this popular Peruvian cart was feeding health care workers and the neighborhood every weekend morning and afternoon. Check her Instagram for the menu. Takeout and local delivery (free with $20 order) is available; we highly recommend the trio marino (fish ceviche, perfectly fried fish “chicharron” with yuca, chaufa de mariscos), a deal for $20, but literally everything is delicious. 917-340-4913; NW corner 90th St. & Roosevelt Ave. Weekends, 6:30am-5pm (if you pick up in the afternoon, it might be from her address on 99th St. near 25th Ave.).
**The Arepa Lady: The neighborhood’s Colombian stalwart is open for takeout, noon-10pm. Its (open-air) outside dining area remains open as well. Try the Colombian burger in addition to the excellent arepas! 77-17 37th Ave.
**Delicias Calenas: Some of our favorite pan de bono and Colombian-style chicken empanadas—long a stop on our Jackson Heights food tours—as well as other Colombian dishes are available for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). A few sidewalk tables are available under the awning. 35-68 73rd St.
Café de Colombia: Between 8am-6pm daily, stop in for all the Colombian baked goods (and excellent Colombian breakfasts, before noon) you crave. Takeout only; call 347-730-4050 to order ahead. 83-03 37th Ave.
Los Toldos: I’ve always liked this Colombian spot on Northern for its sopas and generous portions. Open for takeout and delivery. 84-01 Northern Blvd.
La Boina Roja: Try this Colombian mainstay (takeout or delivery) for steaks as well as good tostones, lunch specials, and calentado (mornings only). 80-22 37th Ave.
Seba Seba: The Colombian corner-cafe staple (with great breads and soups) is open for takeout, delivery (Grubhub/Seamless), and always has a few sidewalk tables under its awning. 79-28 37th Ave.
Mr. Cangrejo: Try Pacific Colombian cuisine, like cazuela de mariscos, at this seafood-heavy spot. Open for takeout and delivery; call 347-832-0539. (Also appears in: Black-Owned Restaurants in Queens.) 79-07 Roosevelt Ave.
Cositas Ricas: Big portions (this is a good bet for a bandeja paisa) and baked goods await at this Colombian mainstay, which is open for takeout, delivery (Grubhub/Seamless), and outdoor dining (by way of partially enclosed structures and fully enclosed pod-like structures holding one table apiece). 79-19 Roosevelt Ave.
El Rico Tinto (ERT): The locally beloved Colombian-Mexican eatery is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub) of its great tortilla soup, black bean soup, cemitas, enchiladas y más. 73-18 Northern Blvd.
**The Original American Chicken: Rotisserie chicken, rice and beans, maduros, yuca—this place always makes for an easy meal to bring in. Takeout (only 3 people allowed in at once) and delivery via Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash, and Delivery.com. 78-07 37th Ave.
Pio Pio: The neighborhood stalwart for Peruvian pollo a la brasa and fixins’ offers takeout and delivery through its own website. (In our experience, the estimated wait times for delivery are very exaggerated.) Daily, 11am-11pm. 84-02 Northern Blvd.
El Chivito d’Oro: Craving red meat, or delicious empanadas? This beloved Uruguayan steakhouse is open for takeout and delivery (Doordash). 84-02 37th Ave.
Aroma Brazil: The Brazilian eatery is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless, Grubhub, Uber Eats); there’s a table on the sidewalk too. Try the feijoada! 75-13 Roosevelt Ave.
Urubamba: The longstanding Peruvian restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and (heated) outdoor dining (we haven’t seen it in person though, so can’t attest to its safety). Order only via its website. Mon-Fri, noon-10pm; Sat-Sun, 10pm-10pm. 86-20 37th Ave.
Pan Fino: Another great Colombian bakery in the ‘hood, with good pan de bono, empanadas, calentado con huevos, and more available for takeout. 85-01 Northern Blvd.
Barriles: This sports bar with the giant menu is open for takeout and delivery—order directly via its website. There is also an ever-changing outdoor dining setup that currently looks well-ventilated, with multiple sliding doors. We’re a fan of its tostones, arroz con pollo, and frijoles antioqueños (also its Halloween decorations in season!). 83-14 37th Ave.
Two side-by-side Venezuelan eateries are likewise open for takeout and delivery: Arepas Burger (81-05 Northern Blvd.) and Empanadas Mix (81-03 Northern Blvd.). Try the arepas, burgers, cachapas, and pabellón at the first; the Venezuelan-style empanadas, burritos, and papas (fries) at the latter. Both are on Seamless/Grubhub and Doordash.
D’Antigua: The Latin lounge/restaurant is open for takeout and delivery, 4pm-10pm. Cocktails to go! (Also plenty of food.) 84-16 Northern Blvd.
Mira Cali bakery, Pollos a la Brasa Mario,Mojitos, Los Arrieros, and Lechon Hornado Ecuatoriano are also open for business!
Birria-Landia: This popular truck doling out Tijuana-style stewed beef tacos, mulitas, and consomé is open for pickup and delivery; call 347-283-2162 to order (or swing by, but expect a line). Follow on Instagram for updates. Daily, 5pm-11pm. 77-99 Roosevelt Ave.
Laly’s: The Mexican-American restaurant has great soups, quesadillas, fish tacos, Cuban sandwiches, and more; it’s open for takeout and delivery (Doordash), and has a new, very enclosed, heated “outdoor” seating structure (long, with no open windows and just a doorway at either end). 718-433-9906; 75-19 Roosevelt Ave.
Juquila: This Mexican-food standby is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). Pozole, tacos, flautas, and enchiladas await! 40-12 83rd St.
**Tacos Morelos: Get your tacos, soups, chilaquiles, tlacoyos y más from this Mexican spot via takeout or delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash, Delivery.com). 94-13 37th Ave.
Tortas Neza: Satisfy your craving for super tortas, i.e., absolutely giant Mexican sandwiches, from this heralded takeout window (delivery available via Seamless/Grubhub). 96-15 Roosevelt Ave. (technically in Corona)
Taqueria Coatzingo: The longstanding Roosevelt Ave. taqueria is open for takeout and delivery (Postmates), and has some open-air sidewalk seating too. We love the lengua (tongue) tacos and horchata here! 76-05 Roosevelt Ave.
**Nepali Bhanchha Ghar: Go here to see our friend, owner Yamuna “Bimla” Shrestha, and she’ll reward you with some delicious Nepali home cooking. The thin-skinned Nepali-style momos are terrific, and come in many flavors (chicken, beef, veg, paneer, potato, goat—the aloo, or potato, have become favorites of ours); even better is the fresh jhol, spicy tomato-and-sesame-seed-laced broth, you can pour over them (these are the jhol momo that have won the annual Momo Crawl for three years in a row). There’s also terrific thali here, and Nepali snacks like sel roti, bhatmas sandeko, waiwai sandeko, and samayabajee. Or get some frozen momos for your freezer: 50 pieces for $25 (goat costs $35 for 50). Call 646-861-9147 for takeout or delivery, or use Seamless/Grubhub if you must. (For frozen momos, simply steam 7-8 minutes to reheat.) 74-15 Roosevelt Ave.
**Lali Guras: We’ve long been a fan of this Himalayan spot for its chicken momos, thalis, and thenthuk, Tibetan hand-ripped noodle soup. Open for takeout, delivery (Grubhub/SEamless, Uber Eats), and a few outdoor dining options, some more enclosed than others. 37-63 76th St.
Lhasa Fast Food: Get your Tibetan momo fix at this local gem, “hidden” behind the cell phone store on 74th St., open for takeout only. Great momos and noodle soups, like hand-ripped thenthuk, are up for grabs! 37-50 74th St.
Phayul: This Tibetan neighborhood favorite is open for takeout and pickup (Seamless/Grubhub), as well as outdoor dining: The original location (upstairs, on south side of 37th Ave.) has a small, completely open-air seating area, while the new location’s structure is pretty enclosed (unless you sit near the large door openings, perhaps). Don’t miss the fried momos, the chele khatsa (fried spicy beef tongue), and the noodle soups. Call 718-424-1869 to order ahead. 37-65 74th St., 2nd fl.
Lungta: This Tibetan spot has some Indian, Chinese, and Bhutanese dishes on its menu, as well as frozen chicken/beef/veg momos, 50 pieces for $34.99. Open for takeout and delivery (best to call directly at 917-745-1777; also on Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). 75-16 Broadway
Tibetan Japanese Restaurant: Open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining (we recommend sitting in the more open-air/private area near the door, as opposed to the very enclosed sidewalk structure), this simply named restaurant has good momos (frozen available too), thukpa noodle soup, and more, as well as Japanese classics (including bento boxes and little sushi rolls my kids love). Closed Tuesdays. 75-26 37th Ave.
Khampa Kitchen: Another Tibetan spot, open for takeout and delivery (Grubhub/Seamless) of its momos, Lhasa noodles, the regional meat pie known as Khampa poethek, and more. Call 347-507-0216 to order ahead. 75-15 Roosevelt Ave.
Don’t overlook the Tibetan momo trucks/carts, of course! We love Amdo Kitchen (corner 74th and 37th Rd.), Mom’s Momo (72-28 Broadway), Potala (Broadway near Diversity Plaza), and A+G Himalayan Fresh Food, aka Gang Chen Bodkyi Momo (Broadway and Roosevelt). Gorkhali Nepali on Roosevelt is open for takeout. Also, Hamro Bhim’s, the new Nepali Kitchen, and Momo Corner, all on 37th Rd., are open for takeout as well, along with some open-air street seating.
**Emoji Burger: Burgers, fries, shakes, and hot dogs are available for takeout and delivery via Seamless/Grubhub—thankfully for our kids, who adore this place. 80-07 37th Ave.
Espresso 77: Order online via its website for pickup or delivery of this beloved coffee shop and cafe’s delicious pastries, sandwiches, wraps, coffee, beer/wine/cocktails, and more. There’s also open-air heated outdoor seating. 35-57 77th St.
**The Queensboro: The pandemic only proved how community-oriented this gastropub is, as it’s played many roles in supporting those around us in need. It has also continually adapted to changing conditions with seeming ease and good cheer. Currently it’s serving daily large-format “family meals,” a limited dinner menu, heat-and-eat items from the Q Pantry, and plenty of beer/wine/cocktails for takeout, delivery, or enjoyment on-site (in its heated but open-air sidewalk seating). Check the menus posted on its website, Instagram and via its online newsletter; call directly to order (929-296-0038) or do it online. 80-02 Northern Blvd.
Bagel House: The best bagels in the nabe are available for pickup and delivery (only through Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). Call ahead at 718-507-5573. 89-18 Northern Blvd.
Just Made 4 U: Salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies—all available for pickup or via delivery (Seamless/Grubhub). 80-21 37th Ave.
K&L Delicatessen: Use the deli’s online ordering system for takeout or delivery of its many sandwiches, wraps, salads, panini, omelets, and more (also on Seamless/Grubhub). It also still sees a good amount of activity on its open-air sidewalk picnic tables. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-4pm. 76-01 37th Ave.
Parva Bakeshop + Cafe: The coffee shop and bakery is open for takeout, 7am-6pm. Call 718-433-9336 to order or request curbside assistance. Delivery is available via Seamless/Grubhub too. The empanadas, breakfast sandwiches, and quiches are great! 82-01 Northern Blvd.
Ricky’s Cafe: This corner diner with great homemade soups is open for takeout and delivery, 8am-7pm. Call directly at 718-478-1360 to order. It also has some (open-air) tables outside. 75-02 37th Ave.
Jahn’s: Get your egg cream fix (and more) at the longstanding diner (since 1897!), open from 9am-7pm for takeout and delivery; call 718-651-0700. There’s also some open-air street seating. 81-04 37th Ave.
Jackson House Restaurant: This neighborhood diner is open for pickup and delivery; call 718-639-6201. Partially enclosed sidewalk dining is also available. 82-14 37th Ave.
Jax Inn: Buttermilk pancakes, anyone? Here’s another diner open for takeout and delivery. Order via its website if you can (also on Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash). 72-12 Northern Blvd.
European + Middle Eastern
El Toum: The old Juju’s space is now a Lebanese eatery run by the same Chef Sami. The falafel is perfection, and the kofta burger is incredible (also the hand-cut fries). Good shawarma too, but ask for white sauce on the side or it will come drenched. Check its Instagram account for specials. Call 718-440-9970 for takeout and delivery (Grubhub/Seamless, Doordash), or try one of the small sidewalk tables out front. (Also, pay with cash or expect extra fees.) 35-62 76th St.
Uncle Peter’s: A neighborhood stalwart, this Italian restaurant is open for takeout and delivery (best to order through its website, but it’s also listed on Seamless/Grubhub and Doordash). Alcohol can be ordered too, with a food purchase. 83-15 Northern Blvd.
Bistro Eloise: This popular French restaurant is open for takeout, delivery, and heated outdoor dining (which I have heard is mostly enclosed). It’s on Seamless/Grubhub and Uber Eats, but if you can, call directly to place your order at 347-612-4333. 75-57 31st Ave.
**Cannelle Patisserie: The beloved French bakery is open for takeout only. Call 718-565-6200. 75-59 31st Ave.
Lety’s Bakery + Cafe: Open for takeout, this little Italian cafe is loved for its pastries, cakes, and gelato. Try the Italian cheesecake! 77-07 37th Ave.
Armondo’s: This neighborhood Italian stalwart is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor dining. Call directly to order: 718-898-0113.
Addictive Wine + Tapas: Your favorite tapas (and, yes, bottles of wine) are available for pickup or on-site outdoor seating. From the looks of Instagram, the outdoor setup seems ideal: individual spaces for tables of 2-4, with overhead heaters and completely open front sides (with a curtain). Winter hours are Tues-Sat, 4pm-10pm. 87-01 Northern Blvd.
Afghan Kebab & Grill: Try the lamb palau, the sambosas, and of course the kebabs at our resident Afghan restaurant, open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub). 74-16 37th Ave.
Romeo’s Italian restaurant is also open for takeout, delivery, and some very enclosed outdoor dining. Don’t forget about Sammy’s and the other halal carts around the neighborhood for a quick meal too!
**JoJu: Elmhurst’s beloved banh mi spot (also delicious rice/cabbage bowls and specialty fries!) is open for takeout and delivery. Order via its app or website. 83-25 Broadway
Addictive Banh Mi: Get your Vietnamese sandwiches and/or dumplings via pickup or delivery (Seamless/Grubhub). 32-64 87th St.
Pho Bac: For a full Vietnamese feast, including phở, bún (vermicelli noodles), banh mi, and more, Pho Bac is open for takeout/delivery business (Doordash). 82-78 Broadway
Sagar Chinese: The halal Indian-Chinese restaurant is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub). Lollipop chicken, masala prawns, and Manchurian beef awaits. 74-19 37th Ave.
New Peking Kitchen: Your standard Americanized Chinese eatery, open for takeout and delivery till 9pm. Call 718-426-9789. 77-15 37th Ave.
Woks: This Chinese takeout spot has good egg rolls and lo mein that does the trick. Call 718-898-0663 to order. Cash only. 79-21 37th Ave.
East 21: This serviceable Chinese restaurant is open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Delivery.com, Uber Eats). Best to order via its website for either. 71-26 Roosevelt Ave.
Woodside Kitchen: More mei fun, chow fun, lo mein, and more is up for grabs at this Chinese spot on Woodside Ave., now open for takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub, Delivery.com). 76-10 Woodside Ave.
See Little House Cafe under “Malaysian,” too.
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Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Filipino, Burmese!
UFC: Satisfy your Korean fried chicken cravings via takeout and delivery (Seamless/Grubhub)—order online via the website if you can. Beer can be delivered too! 71-22 Roosevelt Ave.
Haewoondae Korean Restaurant: This corner Korean spot is open for takeout and “outdoor” dining that’s more like an extension of its interior. We’ve always liked the soups here. 75-32 Broadway
**969 NYC Coffee: We love this little Japanese spot and its friendly owner, Oda, who donated lots of food and money to health care workers in the spring (despite being a one-man show!). Try the onigiri, the sushi, the ramen (including a great veggie version), and the delicious onigirazu sandos (pictured above). Takeout only; call 646-203-7304. 37-61 80th St.
Happy Stony Noodle: Great Taiwanese noodle soups and more are available for takeout and delivery. Order via its website. 83-47 Dongan Ave.
**Warung Selasa: This every-Tuesday Indonesian pop-up at Indo Java Groceries (85-12 Queens Blvd.) has largely been a takeout business since it opened, as the tiny grocery store can accommodate just one lone table for diners. It is open 11am-7pm; follow on Instagram to find the week’s menu (usually posted by Monday night) and call 718-779-2241 to order and schedule a pickup. 85-12 Queens Blvd.
**Taste Good Malaysian: Love the laksas, roti canai, and more at this hole-in-the-wall Malaysian restaurant. Takeout only! 82-18 45th Ave.
Little House Cafe: This delicious little Chinese bakery and Malaysian cafe in Elmhurst is open for takeout, and it appears to be on Seamless for delivery. Check its Instagram account for drool-worthy menu pictures. 90-19 Corona Ave.
Papa’s Kitchen: Jackson Heights’ resident Filipino restaurant is open for takeout and delivery—order online via its website if you can (it’s also on Seamless/Grubhub, Doordash, Uber Eats). Try the adobo, the lechon, and anything with coconut milk! 37-07 83rd St.
Yun Cafe & Asian Mart: This little Burmese takeout shop (or you can eat in Diversity Plaza, if you wish) opened in the subway station mid-pandemic. Enter from the plaza to find it, and do try one of its many made-to-order Burmese salads and noodle soups. This food isn’t easily found, even in Queens, so consider yourself lucky! 73-05 37th Rd, Store #2, lower level
Happy Kitchen (Japanese), Okawa (Japanese), and Spicy Shallot (see under “Thai,” above) are open for takeout and delivery as well. Also see the Tibetan Japanese Restaurant under “Himalayan.” SushiFella is a newer option for sushi delivery in Jackson Heights that’s a must-try!
Standalone Cheese: Open for takeout only of its wonderful cheeses, breads, pastas, and more. We are obsessed with Sardinian cheese Bianco Sardo, the Castelvetrano olives, the Raffetto’s ravioli, and so much more. Order online and they’ll call you when it’s ready. 79-07 37th Ave.
Table Wine: Open for in-store purchases (limit 3 customers at a time) and pickup; call 718-478-9463 to order ahead. We recommend the long-lasting boxed wine! 79-14 37th Ave.
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Christy A AcevedoApril 25, 2020 at 11:59 am
Jax Inn Diner open for delivery and takeout.
Laura Siciliano-RosenApril 27, 2020 at 8:24 pm
Thank you–added it!
AlliApril 26, 2020 at 10:44 am
This is great. Thank you. Sompong Thai in Jackson heights is delicious of you want to add. 🙂 Also, Bar 43 took a while to deliver but the food is great.
Laura Siciliano-RosenApril 27, 2020 at 8:25 pm
Got it! Thanks, Alli!
StefanoMay 9, 2020 at 9:18 am
No Chinese options? Was that an accidental or intentional omission?
Laura Siciliano-RosenMay 9, 2020 at 6:26 pm
It’s simply that none of my favorites have reopened around here (only in Flushing)! However I just saw that East 21 and Woodside Kitchen have reopened, so I’ll add them onto this list. There are a few in Elmhurst that Google claims have reopened, but they’re not answering the phone and I haven’t been able to physically go by yet. Hopefully this week I can find that out on a walk. In the meantime we’ve gotten our Chinese food in Flushing.
Ray BrockMay 9, 2020 at 4:21 pm
Thank you. Very helpful for this special time and letting me know of places in the neighborhood I’ve not tried yet.
Laura Siciliano-RosenMay 9, 2020 at 6:06 pm
You’re welcome–thanks for reading!